Reply to clerk975:
I have intentionally set, maintained and reiterated my discussion point at smaller / rural PARISH council levels. I would, obviously, acknowledge that town and county councils are scaled up versions and with that scaling up comes increased supervisory responsibility. But that is not the point under discussion despite several instances of those roles being introduced as example. The example is not under debate - the relevance of changing the parameters in an attempt to validate a point is simply a distraction.
Let's not pretend that there is some kind of unique, mysterious or high level competence required of the clerk role - regardless of the size / scale of the council. It is a classic admin role - no big deal.
We've wandered well off track from the original post - which, incidentally, pretty much sums up the frustration of many rural parish councils where the clerk - I think we have arrived at an agreed +/- £15/hr rate - is behaving in a manner which far and away exceeds their authority and status.
It is that example of (yes, low level admin functionary) exceeding their authority and status - combined with cllrs that may be inexperienced / incapable (or suffering from coercive behaviour from the clerk) that really is the point under discussion.